Sunday, June 05, 2016

Today -100: June 5, 1916: Of Jutlands, Jewish farmers, and English executioners

The British Navy is now claiming (incorrectly) to have sunk more German ships at the Battle of Jutland than the number of British ships sunk by the Germans.

Former President Taft tells the National Farm School, a Jewish organization, that Jews should totally take up farming, they’d be quite good at it, with their business sense and all. He also says Jewish immigration should not be restricted, but Jews should give up everything Jewish except the religion bit: customs, language, matzoh ball soup, guilt, etc.

John Goff, a justice on the New York Supreme Court, tells a meeting of the Friends of Irish Freedom in Syracuse that the killing of Irish rebels by “English executioners” has checked the US rush to join the European war. Goff is a longtime supporter of Irish nationalism, having organized the rescue of 6 Fenian prisoners from Australia in 1875, before he became, to repeat, a justice on the New York Supreme Court.

Henri Gaudier-Brzeska dies in battle at Neuville. The brilliant painter-sculptor was 23. Twenty Fucking Three!

He is the subject of a memoir – out by the end of the month – by Ezra Pound, and a film by Ken Russell, which I haven’t seen in quite a few years but remember as fun (and Helen Mirren is rather impressively naked in it).

 See Gaudier-Brzeska’s work here.

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